Coober Pedy Arts Project

Change the World’s CEO and resident artist Wayne Tindall recently spent two weeks working for the Stride Foundation to assist in delivering a public space mural painting program for young people in Coober Pedy.

Stride Foundation is a non-profit, non-government organisation working across Australia to improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of young people and their communities. Role model and mentoring programs are delivered in some of the most disadvantaged remote, rural and metropolitan areas across Australia. Sport, Art, Music and Environmental Activities are used to re-engage, build resilience and help young people to fulfill their true potential.

After two weeks of hard work the results speak for themselves. The paintings are the result of a collaborative process between all people involved with a ‘hands on’ approach resulting in pride, a sense of self worth and local ownership of the works of art in the Coober Pedy Basketball Courts.

 

LIFE IN LOS PALOS

It’s hard to believe we have been in Timor Leste for almost 3 weeks.

It has been so challenging and so rewarding.
We arrived in Lospalos to total chaos. Nothing had been organised as promised and the key people were not talking to each other.
After much waiting around things started to shift.
Thankfully our Driver Aalto was a gem. He found us digs, shopped and cooked for us and gave us great cultural advice.
He is now off doing a tour with another group and I miss him terribly.
The young people were super keen to start the Media Training so Wayne and Sarah launched into it with great enthusiasm.
They are making a short film which will screen at a major launch here on Saturday the 30th of June.
It has been nothing short of miraculous the way it has all come together. The script has been written by the young people, the Director is West Timorese, sound is being done by a local as well and the star of the show has a Hollywood career coming up without doubt. He is awesome.
Today is pretty much the last day of filming and we needed a guy to play the grownup version of our Actor. While shopping last night Wayne and I found him. He had been living in Melbourne but is back in Lospalos with a thriving little business. He had also acted in Balibo. He also was sensational.
The stand out star was the crocodile that our Director, Charles, managed to conjure up by dangling a puppy over the river. The crocodile behaved perfectly and silently sunk down into the depths of the river right on cue.
While all the filming has been going on I have managed to negotiate a good outcome for the young people and the women regarding the building of a Centre. There will now be two centres, one for each group.
Building finally commenced yesterday. We have a great Indigenous carpenter working with us called Dale. He nearly had a heart attack watching the guys barefoot on the roof ripping off the old iron. He has been training them in the use of power tools. Quite challenging I can tell you.
I was able to buy tools nice and cheaply thanks to a crazy guy called Rocket I had met in the Hotel Esplanada. He is a carpenter and has lived here for 10 years. Quite a character I can tell you. If it were not for him I would still be in the various shops trying to explain what I needed.
Today is a big Fretilin Rally and Maleve and Elsa are speaking at it. They are both so charismatic and inspiring.
This blog would not be complete without mentioning Deb Salvagno. She has been here in Lospalos for 2 years and has achieved so much with the women weavers. I admire her stamina as conditions are quite difficult and relationships are highly complex. I actually don’t know how she has done it.
We will be posting the short film on our website so look out for it over the next couple of weeks.
I hear the weather is terrible in Melbourne. Every day here is perfection but I do miss our little farm and our beautiful dog not to mention my sons Jay and Sam and all my friends.
See you soon.

The time has come

What a wonderful thing it is when something or someone’s time has come.

I have been pondering time and have decided I cannot think of it in a linear way.

I have been married to Wayne for almost 40 years and it feels simultaneously like 5 mins and before time began.

We started a documentary with Brigitte Muir back in 1987 and it finally went to air on SBS in 2005. It took her a very long time to achieve her dream of climbing the highest peak on each continent and even longer for us to complete the film.

                                  Full documentary  “The Eighth Summit”  –  Producer: Anne Tindall

 

There are more important things than ambition and self interest. There is a wonderful alchemy between breaking through and a thing just simply flowing because the time is right.

I am so grateful for all the people who have contributed along the way to make Change the World a success thus far.

It is so important to give from a place of abundance and not from a place of striving and exhaustion.

I had to get my own life in order and find peace but also continue to break through with Change the World. In a word ALCHEMY!

Thoughts on Los Palos

I am sitting at home on the farm, contemplating our next trip to Timor Leste. We still need to raise the money to even get there but I know in my bones we are going.

I love it that the building of the Women’s and Youth Centre we raised over $20,000 for, is all set to commence in April. How wonderful to be there for the 8 weeks of construction to capture on film this huge achievement.

I have been hearing so much lately about all sorts of people doing incredible projects all over the globe.

I think what Change the World can really offer is the opportunity to show these giant leaps forward to an enormous audience through the power of film, be it on television, in cinemas, through travelling roadshows and online through our website and other channels.

We will really dig in and get the history of the places we go to, get to know the locals we are working alongside and hear their point of view about how they see the world.

We’ll explore their country from top to bottom and in the case of Timor Leste that has already been a truly amazing privilege.

In July last year I joined a women’s motorcycle and 4WD tour. I saw the countryside first hand. Both the beauty and the devastation. That is what motivated me to have the fundraiser once we got back to Melbourne.

It was not all beer and skittles, as they say. First I fell off my motorbike and hurt myself, ouch! Then I found I was retaining so much fluid I had basically doubled in size, not pretty! Then to add insult to injury my bed exploded one night during an ill conceived cuddling session with the hubby, again not pretty and ouch!

Anyway, I’ll keep you posted on our progress.

Bye for now.

Anne x

 

The DSLR revolution

I’ve been on this planet long enough to see some pretty cool technology changes, but none so cool as the current DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera line up. On my last two trips to Timor I took my new and already ‘trusty’ Canon 5D Mark 11 camera with all the trappings. It’s true to say that housed in my Red Rock Rig it looks like it’s on steroids.

Here’s my take on the camera and it’s operation in a pretty wild environment like Timor Leste.

PROS

Depth of field! You have got to love this camera with it’s full size sensor delivering stunning video that looks like it was shot on an HD camera in the $200,000 league!

Colour! The richness of the colours makes everything ‘sing’. Even with the ISO up to 1000 the camera delivers sharp, rich, simply beautiful pictures.

Versatility! There seems to be a ‘workaround’ for everything this camera may lack in the video department. Okay, the audio sucks with the ‘piss ant’ mini phono input, however with a little bit of a fiddle with my H4N Zoom digital audio recorder that takes XLR inputs, I seem to be able to get more than acceptable results from any shotgun and or lapel mics.

1080p Video! Yep, this is where the little camera shines. The quality that comes out the back end is sensational to say the least. I have never has any issues importing into FCP, merging the files with other video or losing files. Like any digital acquisition one has to be anal about ‘data wrangling’. During the last shoot in Timor, I managed to transfer all files on the run onto small portable 1 Terrabyte drives attached to my Macbook Pro (using a small cigarette plug power inverter to change the Macbook on the go). As soon as I reached a homestay (with power) I made a backup copy of everything onto another HERO drive. Over a 3 week period encountering unbelievable travel and weather conditions I managed not to lose a single file.

CONS

This is definitely not a ‘run’n gun’ camera. In Timor the humidity, the stark light, the humidity and the harsh shadows can do your head in with this camera. You simply need a little more time to get the right shot. The big issue I have had is the controlling iris as the sun comes in and out behind clouds. The camera has an iris control that ‘clicks’ or ‘steps’ up and down the f stops. No good for fine video recording! I have managed a workaround for this as well with a smooth variable neutral density filter in front of the lens. I simply use this to fine tune lighting fluctuations during an outside interview etc.

Having said all of this, next trip I plan to take something like the new Sony NEX-FS100U with the Super 35mm Sensor. This will get me out of some tight jams when I need to run and gun and monitor audio with the hassle of attached digital audio recorders etc. Once again it’s got few annoying feature however I reckon the two cameras will serve me well.

STILLS

Having spent a good deal of my life with large format Bronica, it took a little while to convince me that stills from a DSLR could compete. Of course these stills are comparable to 35mm film not the Bronica 6X4, however the results are startling and I’m still getting used to the speed that these canon lenses can ‘lock’ into auto focus! Here’s a couple of portraits taken in the highlands of Timor in the stinking heat at a moments notice.

 

Trek Timor Leste (East Timor)

Timor Leste is home to dramatic mountain ranges offering the pioneer traveller a unique opportunity to trek across the rugged terrain, find hidden gems, explore remote and pristine environments and engage with the local Timorese people who live in traditional villages.

Take to the Road in East Timor (Timor Leste)

Timor Leste’s rugged and spectacular terrain is the perfect playground for adventure motorbiking and four wheel driving.
Challenging road conditions, friendly locals, rich culture, remote villages and jaw dropping scenery are just a few of the many wonderful surprises guaranteed in this undiscovered destination.
Check out: TimorAdventures.com.au

 

Diving in East Timor (Timor Leste)

One of the world’s most spectacular and undiscovered diving destinations, Timor Leste boasts pristine coral reefs and an abundance of marine life.

Discover East Timor (Timor Leste)

Timor Leste (East Timor) is one of the world’s last undiscovered destinations.

An adventure travel paradise offering pioneer travellers some of the world’s best diving, game fishing, incredible trekking, mountain biking and adventure motorbiking all set in an untouched, pristine environment.